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Mario Balotelli promises to fly a helicopter over Nice if they win Ligue 1

Nice currently hold a 3 point lead atop Ligue 1.

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News 17 Nov 2016, 10:43 IST
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Mario Balotelli has seemingly found his touch back at Nice

Former Manchester City and Liverpool forward, Mario Balotelli, has lavished praises on his new club, Nice, and has promised to fly a helicopter over the city as a celebratory means should they win the league. The Italian has been in great form ever since joining Nice, enjoying somewhat of a career resurgence in France, scoring 6 goals in as many appearances.

Speaking to Mediaset, the former Milan forward admitted that he has quickly settled with Nice, a club with many youngsters and a favourable environment.  

“I’m happy here [at Nice]. I’ve settled in very quickly in this fantastic place,” Balotelli said in the interview.

“There are a lot of youngsters in the team and the coach is very good and I’ve found everything favourable. There’s still a long way to go, but if we do win the title, I’m going to fly a helicopter over Nice.”

Despite going through a tough time at Anfield, he believes that Jurgen Klopp did him a favour by letting go of him. He also admitted that he thinks about playing for Man City and that his only Premier League title with the Citizens was unique and can never be repeated again. He also stated that while Liverpool fans are very supportive, Nice fans are nicer.

“I think of [playing for] Manchester City — winning the Premier League was fantastic and I think it’s unrepeatable,” he added.

“I know that it’s half-an-hour from Manchester, but I don’t know it very well. Nice’s support is better than Liverpool’s, which doesn’t mean that the fans are better, but that there is more warmth in their support. [Liverpool] did me a favour by selling me.”

Balotelli concluded the interview by referring himself in third person. He was spotted at San Siro watching his national team play. It has been over two years since he has donned the Azzuri sleeves, but he believes that if he can “play the way Mario can,” it wouldn’t be long before he is called back to the national team.

“I’ve got a free evening so I’m going to San Siro because I’m a fan of the Italy national team and I always have been…I like to see in person how they play. I want to understand the mentality of this team,” he added.

“I’m not one for talking, I will have to show him what I am worth on the field…I have to play the way Mario can.”

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